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    Election observation urgently needs to adapt to the era of big data

Election observation urgently needs to adapt to the era of big data

The ability to carry out free and fair elections faces an imminent threat, particularly in polarised electoral contexts. Latin America could place itself in the vanguard by exploring pilot schemes that monitor new digital trends and help to harmonise technology, democracy, and citizenship, writes Renata Ávila (Ciudadano Inteligente).

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    The migrant caravan is a practical and political reaction to Mexico’s futile attempts at dissuasion

The migrant caravan is a practical and political reaction to Mexico’s futile attempts at dissuasion

Mexico’s resort to riot police and tear gas is part of a wider effort to scare migrants into returning to Central America. But push factors like extreme violence and grinding poverty weigh far more in the balance than shows of dissuasive violence, writes Alejandra Díaz de Leon (LSE Department of Sociology).

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    Como olhar e monitorar campanhas eleitorais na era da Big Data

Como olhar e monitorar campanhas eleitorais na era da Big Data

A capacidade de realizar eleições livres e justas enfrenta um risco imediato, especialmente em situações polarizadas. As eleições na região são uma oportunidade para explorar pilotos que vigiem os novos fenômenos digitais e colocar a América Latina na vanguarda, harmonizando tecnologia, democracia e cidadania, escreve Renata Ávila (Ciudadano Inteligente).

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    La era del big data requiere una nueva forma de observación y monitoreo de elecciones

La era del big data requiere una nueva forma de observación y monitoreo de elecciones

La habilidad de conducir elecciones libres y justas enfrenta un riesgo inmediato, sobre todo en situaciones polarizadas. Las elecciones en América Latina presentan una oportunidad para explorar pilotos que vigilen los nuevos fenómenos digitales y armonizar tecnología, democracia y ciudadanía, escribe Renata Ávila (Ciudadano Inteligente).

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    Llamando la muerte por su nombre: rompiendo el silencio del Archivo de la Policía Nacional de Guatemala

Llamando la muerte por su nombre: rompiendo el silencio del Archivo de la Policía Nacional de Guatemala

El análisis cuantitativo del “big data” histórico puede contribuir a explicar cómo las prácticas de generación de registros en torno a la muerte facilitaron las políticas de represión y control, escribe Tamy Guberek (University of Michigan).

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    Calling death by its name: breaking the silence of Guatemala’s National Police Archive

Calling death by its name: breaking the silence of Guatemala’s National Police Archive

Quantitative analysis of historical ‘big data’ can help to explain how record-making practices around death facilitated policies of repression and control, writes Tamy Guberek (University of Michigan).

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    Genocide is the tip of the iceberg: reviewing the Guatemalan case

Genocide is the tip of the iceberg: reviewing the Guatemalan case

In 2013 the former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos-Montt was tried in a national court for genocide and crimes against humanity. He was found guilty and sent to prison, but the verdict was quickly overturned on technical grounds.